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Danann 
Posted: 02-Aug-2004, 09:23 AM
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OK, I've thought for a bit, and instead of me just posting lessons alone, what do you want to know? Is there a phrase you want translated? A bit of history you want discussed? Is there anything you want me to research so you can understand not only the language but the mentality? Let me know, and I'll get crackin'!


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Posted: 02-Aug-2004, 11:18 AM
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Hmmm...good question. I personally want to learn how to pronounce the words. I have a really cool dictionary but I have no idea how to pronounce the words. That would be totally cool to know. Thanks so much for doing this!

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OK, sounds fair and good. How about this. I'll do a pronounciation lesson, and you can post words to it and give me a "I think this is how you say it based on the lesson" and I'll let you know if that's right, or if there's another way to pronounce it.
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Cool!
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danann now i am curious..... you mean you actually speak gaelic? like could you go to one of them gaelic islands and actually order dinner? biggrin.gif like you are fluent?
how did this come about?? *very impressed* thumbs_up.gif


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Well... I could go to one of the Islands and try to order, and possibly get laughed at! I've learned from teh web, a CD, and several books. I know enough to say Hi, how are you, what's that, can I have a beer, and pass the whiskey... oh and where's the bathroom, I've got to be sick, and bye... lol

Actually a bit more than that. I've been studying Irish Gaelic now for a bit in order to develop a language for a novel I've been working on. Since that, I got real interested in all the Gaelic languages. So, I started studying. From there it moved to all the Celtic languages... and so on and so forth. But, yes. I can carry on a pretty good verbal conversation. Written, I'm not so good at, since I am a auditory learner.
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What does 'Erin Go Bragh' actually mean?
I've always wanted to know, haha I bet everyone knows and I don't


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Posted: 12-Aug-2004, 03:53 PM
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Erin go bragh literally means "Ireland Forever" Ireland is Eireann or Éire and go bragh is "forever" .

So, in its anglicized version, its "Erin go Bragh" But in actuallity its "Eireann go braugh" or "Eire go braugh". Yet the correct Gaelic is "Éire go brách"

And its sort of the motto of American Irish, and some native Irish too, I believe.
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Thanks for the service Danann. Here's a few questions.

1. Do you speak in Irish or Scottish Gaelic?

2. Do you have others in your area who speak Gaelic?

3. I recently picked up a cassette tape Scottish Gaelic series from my library. Is this one of the types of reseources you used?

4. What does Danann mean?

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Posted: 20-Aug-2004, 11:29 AM
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ohhh goodie! questions!!!

1. Do you speak in Irish or Scottish Gaelic?

Yes... *laughs* I speak Irish Gaelic better, but I know enough Scottish Gaelic to get myself confused when I am actually trying to type or speak it. For the most part, I'd say I speak Irish (Gaeilge) and I can read Scottish (Gàidhlig)

2. Do you have others in your area who speak Gaelic?

There's another person here that speaks a touch of Gaeilge, and we say hi to each other and exchange pleasantries, and I have to admit, when I get steamed at something, I'll switch into Gaelic to say what I think of the situation/person without them understanding. A bad habit, but I'm working on it.

3. I recently picked up a cassette tape Scottish Gaelic series from my library. Is this one of the types of resources you used?

Pretty much. I used the internet for a lot of sources, mostly for pronunciation guides, and so I could see the words in a written form. The CDs that I got were really helpful for pronounciation, but I couldn't figure the word out when I saw it in print, so that's why its better to mix your mediums. Get some from each source, that way you can figure out a word if you come across it.

4. What does Danann mean?

Danann is short for Tuatha de Danann or "The People of the Goddess" Dana or Danu is one of the Celtic Goddesses in the Celtic Pantheon. Her people are the faeries, Sprites, and nymphs... so I chose Danann as the name - one because my real name is Dannah, and it seemed like a good match!
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Posted: 20-Aug-2004, 08:35 PM
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Ah, ha. Thanks for the reply. Well, I am going to start the long process of learning Scots Gaelic. My great grandparents spoke it, and I wish they were still alive. I am gald to see a few people on here are doing their part to revive the Celtic languages.

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Posted: 21-Aug-2004, 08:30 PM
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Well, this board has several Scottish lessons on here, so feel free to use them. Also, if you have any questions. If I don't know off the top of my head, then I can find it from several of my sources.
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Hey Danann!
I know what you mean switching into Gaelic when people make you made. I do it too. I'm glad there so many people interested in the language. How exactly do you say good luck in Irish gaelic is it. Maith ádh? I wish there were someone in my area to speak gaelic with. I've been teaching my girlfriend as much as I can. So at least I can practice with her.
Go raibh maith agat.

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Posted: 05-Sep-2004, 11:45 PM
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There are several ways to wish someone good luck, so here we go...

Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat. (Guh n'ayr'ee an tah leath) which directly translated means "May luck rise to you."

Go n-éirí leat. (Guh n'ayr'ee leath) which directly translated means "That things will rise to you"

Go gcuire Dia an t-ádh ort! (Guh gir'uh d'eeuh uhn tah ort} which directly translated means "May God put luck on you" or "Best of luck to you"

Or some of the more obscure...

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat! (guh n'ayr'ee uhn boehuhr l'aet) which directly translated means "May the road succeed with you"

and I think that's about all I can think of right away.

Keep the questions coming!

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Posted: 22-Sep-2004, 10:40 PM
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Hi Dannan,
This is a great idea, Thank you biggrin.gif
I have been wondering what the legend behind the song Skellig by Loreena McKinnett is if any? Do you know?
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